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Lim Kwong Yew is better as Normie Kwong, the first Chinese Canadian to play in the Canadian Football League (CFL) and the youngest player on a Grey Cup Champion team, with the Calgary Stampeders.  His CFL career lasted thirteen years, winning three more Grey Cups with the Edmonton Eskimos.  He set many records and won many awards, including Canadian Athlete of the Year in 1955. 

Born in Calgary to parents who immigrated from Canton, China, Lim Kwong Yew grew up during a time when the Chinese community in Alberta struggled with the anti-Asian legislation that discriminated against them in terms of property and citizenship rights.  Mr. Kwong's commitment to athletics and community affairs makes him an important figure in the history of Alberta's Chinese community. 

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